E-tolls get 4/10

2013-11-30 09:20

Four in 10 Gauteng motorists polled in an e-toll survey indicated that they might buy e-tags, or already had, marketing research company Ipsos has said.

According to the study, conducted from October 11 to November 21, only one in 10 drivers in Gauteng (10 percent) strongly agreed with the statement “I have bought an e-toll tag already or intend to buy one”, Ipsos said in a statement.

It said an additional 28% had agreed with the statement.

In a study conducted in April and May last year, 14% of Gauteng drivers polled indicated that they had bought, or intended to buy an e-toll tag.

“Taking those that ‘strongly agree’ and ‘agree’ together, this figure has now risen to 38% (about four in every 10 motorists), illustrating that although some people are complying with the new rules regarding e-tags, almost the same proportion are adopting a ‘wait and see’ attitude,” Ipsos said.

Last week, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters announced that e-tolling on Gauteng highways would come into effect on Tuesday.

The move has sparked widespread opposition, with trade unions and political parties vowing to explore all possible avenues to resist the system.

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